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The best day trips from Boston
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The best day trips from Boston

Given how intense life can often be in our humble metropolis, every Bostonian gets a little stir crazy now and then. Fortunately, all one has to do is hit the road — or hop on a train, bus or ferry — to explore the the many wonders of New England. The Hub’s main arteries (I-90, I-93 and I-95) give direct, easy access to Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, western Mass, and even Vermont; this means locals have lots of enticing day trips to choose from at any time of the year. Once you’ve returned to the city, keep the fun going by checking out the best Boston attractions, best free things to do in Boston, and best museums in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston

The best Boston beaches
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The best Boston beaches

Boston and its coastal Massachusetts environs are not world-renowned when it comes to beach culture. When it comes to sand and seaside, thoughts turn to a day trip to Cape Cod and beyond. That said, Boston’s North and South Shores have picturesque beaches, all less than an hour’s drive from the city, summer traffic withstanding. Within Boston city limits, there are also sandy beaches perfect for relaxing or taking a refreshing dip in the ocean. While most public beaches are free, some may have a fee, particularly in the summer months. Generally, dogs aren’t allowed on beaches from May through September; check all the regulations before you go. Looking for other warm weather activities? Check out our guide to the best summer activities in Boston, best waterfront restaurants in Boston, and best cruises in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston

The best weekend getaways from Boston
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The best weekend getaways from Boston

Whether it’s the dog days of summer or a bone-chilling winter, sometimes you just need to get away from Boston. Sometimes a quick day trip—even if it’s one of the best day trips from Boston—won’t do, so here is a list of easy options for a weekend getaway. Once you’re back in town, keep the good times going by checking out the best Boston attractions, best free things to do in Boston, and best museums in Boston. Need more fun ideas? Check out our guides to the best live music in Boston and the best restaurants in Boston. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Boston

The best hiking near Boston
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The best hiking near Boston

Serious local hikers may head farther afield to the White Mountains or the Appalachian Trail, but when you just need a little bit of nature, there are plenty of quality hikes near Boston that are easy to get to. Whether it’s climbing a lung-busting hill or exploring trails through scenic wooded reservations, these Boston hikes offer relaxation and a healthy dose of fresh air. No time to get away? Try one of Boston’s best parks. Looking to get away for a bit longer? Check out the best weekend getaways from Boston. All that fresh air and activity will surely work up an appetite for one of Boston’s best restaurants. RECOMMENDED: Best things to do in Boston

The latest on travel in the US

These states require you to quarantine when visiting
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These states require you to quarantine when visiting

Or you can present a recent negative test result. 

Americans are banned from traveling to Europe
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Americans are banned from traveling to Europe

You might want to hold off on re-booking any European vacations this summer.

Destinations that are open to U.S. travelers
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Destinations that are open to U.S. travelers

The Caribbean is open for business. 

How you can and should travel
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How you can and should travel

We break down what you can do and should do, per CDC guidelines.

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Best U.S. road trips for epic drives
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Best U.S. road trips for epic drives

Plan your next pedal-to-the-metal getaway.

Best camping in the United States
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Best camping in the United States

You might even encounter some wild buffalo, foxes and horses.

The best national parks in the U.S.
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The best national parks in the U.S.

Ready to explore this glorious country of ours? 

Best bike trails in the U.S.
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Best bike trails in the U.S.

The USA is packed with easy-to-medium-to-challenging trails, which boast plenty of greenery. 

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